‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Says Her Family ‘Fit Right in’ When They Moved To the Island

by Suzanne Halliburton

Face it. Playing a character or working behind the scenes of NCIS: Hawai’i would be a fabulous gig. But it came with some anxiety.

Vanessa Lachey, who stars as Jane Tennant on the show, mentioned how the NCIS: Hawai’i role required her to move. The show is filmed in Hawaii, which means the Lachey family needed to move to the island.

Hawaii, itself, “is pretty incredible,” Lachey told Cincinnati’s WRKC TV. “Beyond the actual beautiful scenery, the people, and the food and the culture and the love … (all that) they embody. I think what surprised me the most, when Nick and the kids came out there – we all live there now – they just fit right in.

“I didn’t know, but I guess we have island babies. They love Hawaii and I don’t think they want to leave.”

The kids’ love for the island could be genetic. Lachey was born in the Philippines.

NCIS: Hawai’i Star Enrolled Her Three Kids in Local School Last Month

Vanessa is married to pop star Nick Lachey. The two have three children — daughter Brooklyn, who is six, and sons Camden (age eight) and Phoenix (four). They enrolled in a local school, Aug. 10, and Lachey celebrated their back-to-school event with photos.

“And just like that… all three of my babies are in one school! #Ohana,” Lachey posted on Instagram. Her three kids were wearing leis with their first-day outfits.

As Jane Tennant, Lachey is a working mom on NCIS: Hawai’i. She’s the single mother of two teenagers.

“When I got the job I completely broke down,” said the NCIS: Hawai’i star. “Because I said to myself, I can do this, I am her, I believe in her, I know what she stands for. I felt like this is me.”

In another interview, Lachey said the Hawai’i spinoff is different from others in the NCIS franchise because the episodes will show more of the characters’ private lives. She called it their evolvement. So far, the show hasn’t provided details on the father of Jane’s kids.

“We try to stay true to what NCIS is,” Lachey said of the series, which is the fourth of the NCIS brand. “But we also want to add some layers that set it apart.”

Newest NCIS Spinoff Is Top Rated New Show for Fall

No doubt, CBS is delighted with the start of NCIS: Hawai’i. It’s the most-watched first-year network, so far, for the fall season. On Monday, early ratings show that 5.4 million people flipped on the episode called Boom. This episode was all about how foreign agents used World War II-era dynamite to rob banks and armored trucks. Lachey’s Jane Tennant and another agent had an explosives demonstration from a military expert nicknamed “Boom Boom.” 

The ratings for NCIS: Hawai’i did drop slightly from premiere night. The pilot drew an audience of 6.33 million. The audience for NCIS, the lead-in for Hawai’i, also dropped from 8.45 million to 8 million. For both episodes, NCIS: Hawai’i won its time slot.

Next Monday’s episode is titled Recruiter, so stay tuned.